Joe Biden has signed legislation to provide an additional $40 billion in aid

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4:06 p.m. : Here is a new point on the news of this Saturday:

The handover ceremony at the Quai d’Orsay between Jean-Yves Le Drian and Catherine Colonna has just ended. Here is a small portrait of this “seasoned diplomat, now head of French diplomacy.

Joe Biden signed the law, adopted Thursday by Congress, providing a gigantic envelope of 40 billion dollars (37.8 billion euros) for the Ukrainian war effort against Russia. It includes 6 billion dollars to enable Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles and to strengthen its anti-aircraft defence. Follow our live.

• After nine years of Conservative rule, a page is turning in Australia. Outgoing Prime Minister Scott Morrison admitted defeat in the general election, congratulating his Labor rival Anthony Albanese on his victory.

2:38 p.m. : To demonstrate its opposition to the military invasion of Ukraine, McDonald’s is selling its 850 Russian restaurants to a local businessman. While waiting for the closing of the last restaurant of the brand, in Moscow, some inhabitants already regret their “Big Mac”. Here is the report from franceinfo. (SYLVAIN TRONCHET / RADIO FRANCE)

2:43 p.m. : Joe Biden signed the law bringing $40 billion in aid to Ukraine. Adopted Thursday by Congress, this gigantic envelope is intended for the Ukrainian war effort against Russia and includes in particular 6 billion dollars to allow Ukraine to equip itself with armored vehicles and to strengthen its anti-aircraft defense.

2:43 p.m. : Last night, during the climb of the steps of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, a woman burst onto the red carpet to denounce the sexual violence against Ukrainian women since the beginning of the conflict with Russia. Behind this action: the Scum, a movement of feminist and radical activists. France 3 Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur returns to this event. This Friday, May 20, during the climb of the steps of the 75th Cannes Film Festival, a woman ran and screamed as the ceremony began.LOIC VENANCE / AFP

10:58 : “The end [du conflit] will be diplomatic”. The war, she “will be bloody, it will be fighting, but it will definitely end via diplomacy”Volodymyr Zelensky said in an interview with a Ukrainian television channel. “There are things that we will only be able to achieve at the negotiating table. We want everything to come back [comme avant]that “Russia does not want”added the Ukrainian president, while the negotiations between Moscow and kyiv are deadlocked.

10:07 : Gazprom has announced that it has suspended all gas deliveries to Finland, after the country refused to pay in rubles. The Russian group claims to have supplied 1.49 billion m3 of natural gas to Finland in 2021, or two thirds of the country’s consumption. Natural gas, however, represents only 8% of the energy consumed in Finland and the Nordic country has said it relies on other sources of supply.

10:09 : kyiv has been accusing Russia for several weeks of getting its hands on crops, then trying to export them on its own. How did the war profoundly upset agricultural activity in Ukraine? We explain everything to you in this article. A farm near kyiv (Ukraine), April 27, 2022. (MIGUEL GUTIERREZ / EFE / SIPA)(MIGUEL GUTIERREZ / EFE / SIPA)

10:11 a.m. : Here is what to remember from the news:

• We now know the composition of Elisabeth Borne’s government, which includes 13 women and 14 men. The Prime Minister will be traveling to Calvados, in the sixth constituency of the department, where she is a candidate in the legislative elections. From 11 a.m., she will visit a dairy farm in Valdallière. Follow our live.

Finland’s natural gas supply from Russia was interrupted this morning. The Nordic country, which angered Moscow by deciding to join NATO, joins Poland and Bulgaria among the countries to which Gazprom cut gas because they refused to pay in rubles, a demand formulated in April . Finland has already been deprived of Russian electricity exports since mid-May.

The Azovstal steelworks, the last bastion defended by Ukrainian forces in Mariupol, passed yesterday under Russian control. This morning, Russian forces were pounding kyiv’s positions in the east of the country. Follow our live.

• Starliner, the Boeing capsule, reaches the International Space Station for the first time. This unmanned test flight took place years behind SpaceX.

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